‘We must stamp our class’ – Fowler
National senior netball captain Jhaniele Fowler says the Sunshine Girls are ready for their four-nation Vitality Netball Nations Cup in England, which will run from January 19-26.
The tournament, which involves host England, world champions New Zealand, and South Africa, will be the Sunshine Girls’ first outing since their fifth-place finish at the Netball World Cup last July in Liverpool, England.
The Jamaicans will face South Africa in their opening match on Sunday before opposing New Zealand on the 22nd. The Jamaicans will close out the group stages against hosts England on January 25.
Fowler, who is rated as the top goal shooter in the world, told The Gleaner before the team’s departure that they are expecting to win the series against these three powerhouses.
“It is very important for us to go there and perform well,” she said. “We want to get back the confidence to know that we are a very good-performing team when it comes to netball.
“We just want to go out there and stamp our class to show everyone that we are back. We just have to stay positive and just do what we have been told to do in training and put what we have learnt out there and just work together as a team, and we will be fine.”
Fowler says the series is going to be tough, but the team has been working hard in training to adjust to whatever challenges the they may encounter in this series.
“Everybody is just excited and ready to go and to take on the challenge,” she said. “There is no doubt in our minds that we are going to go out there and do our best.
“It is very cold over there, but we are prepared mentally for it because we know that our bodies are going to adjust to it really quickly in order to go out there and warm-up. However, we won’t be focusing on the conditions because our aim to go playing to our best and come away with a positive result.”
Along with Fowler, the Sunshine Girls 12-member squad includes seven players who represented the country at last year’s World Cup.
- Jhaniele Fowler (captain)
- Shanice Beckford
- Jodi-Ann Ward
- Nicole Dixon
- Khadijah Williams
- Kadie-Ann Dehaney
- Shamera Sterling
- Shannika Johnson
- Shadian Hemmings
- Shimona Nelson
- Gezelle Allison
- Latanya Wilson